Dorca V. Kisare-Ressler

International Student Adviser, DSO , Office of Global Programs
Global Lions Mentor Program Coordinator, Office of Student Life & Intercultural Programs
Office Phone: +1 717 948 6273
Office Location: Student Enrichment Center, G112
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Dorca is an International Student Adviser, and Designated School Official (DSO), Directorate of International Students & Scholars Advising (DISSA), Office of Global Programs, Penn State Harrisburg campus, & the Coordinator of the Global Lions Mentor Program. She advises international students regarding their nonimmigrant F-1 visa status, and assist the students to maintain valid status per U.S. federal government regulations. She evaluates academic program requirements and meets with the student on a regular basis.  She facilitates workshops on employment regulations for F-1 international students such as on Curricular Practical Training (CPT), Optional Practical Training (OPT) including many other functions to support the population of international students and assist the students to fulfill the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) compliance requirements. Dorca also Coordinates the Global Lions Mentor Program, a peer mentorship program for the first-year international students at Penn State Harrisburg campus.

Before joining the Penn State University, she was a Director of a variety of International Student Services Offices at variety of institutions that included Messiah College, PA, Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), VA, and as an interim Director at Gettysburg College, PA.  In previous roles, she managed the international student's services offices, advised international students on their F1 visa status and provided direction for supportive services to international students while offering a variety of other pertinent services to address students unique needs. As an educator and adviser, she provided leadership in developing and implementing programming intended to promote intercultural awareness and understanding. She provided support to the institution’s global education initiatives and institutional compliance with the United States federal government regulations for nonimmigrants F-1 students.  She worked collaboratively with colleagues on promoting conversations on global education while supporting the institutions' vision to achieve desired outcomes and goals to sustain interest and growth.

Dorca is a Ph.D. Candidate in a dual-degree, in the Adult Education and Life Long Learning and the Comparative and International Education Program: Learning & Performance Systems Department, Penn State University, University Park. She has a Master’s degree in Counseling: Concentration in College Students Personnel, Shippensburg University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Millersville University.